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JAMESTOWN — Two people out “collecting rocks” in Tuolumne County were found to be carrying a little more than just some stones.

Two Manteca residents were found with marijuana, methamphetamine and more before their arrest Monday night near a Tuolumne County rock quarry, authorities said.

At about 7:30 p.m., Deputy Paul Speers of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the area near Sierra Rock Products, Inc., on Highway 108 near Jamestown. Numerous thefts had been reported there recently, according to Sgt. Jeff Wilson, a department spokesman.

Speers saw a black Ford Ranger inside the quarry driveway with nobody inside.

He soon was approached by Jeanette Gutierrez, 50, who was carrying a canvas bag. She told Speers she was “collecting pretty rocks.”

He eventually searched Gutierrez, and found a small amount of meth in her pocket. She told Speers she was wearing someone else’s pants.

Speers noticed a second set of footprints near the truck and called for a backup unit.

When Deputy Frank DeRocher arrived, he began searching the area and found Richard Taberna, 44, hiding behind a tractor.

He had jewelry, meth and drug paraphernalia in his pockets. The deputies searched the pickup and found nearly four grams of marijuana.

Taberna and Gutierrez were arrested and booked into Tuolumne County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy, loitering on private property, petth theft, marijuana possession and possession of stolen property.

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